Monk: Season 5, Episode 2

Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike (14 Jul. 2006)

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A city-wide garbage strike throws Monk completely off his game as he tries to solve the murder of a union boss.

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Mayor Ray Nicholson (as Chi Mcbride)
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Larry Cutler (as David Deluise)
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Drugstore Manager
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Jimmy Cusack
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The sanitary workers of San Francisco are on a strike and naturally, Mr. Monk is appalled by the ferocious smell the neglected garbage is causing. The head of the union is mysteriously murdered which makes matters worse. Monk desperately seeks out the murderer so that the garbage of the streets can be quickly disposed. Distracted by the stench, Monk makes false assumptions of the who the real murderer is making him wrong for the first time. Written by Leanna

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When accusing Alice Cooper of the crime, Monk says he doubts that 'Alice Cooper' is even his real name. Alice Cooper's birth name is in fact Vincent Damon Furnier. See more »

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The press hears the mayor is a suspect in a murder because the detectives were speaking in the "whisper spot." San Francisco's City Hall does not have a whisper spot. This feature is in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. See more »

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Adrian Monk: Here's what happened.
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Adrian Monk: I mean, here's what *really* happened.
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With a title like this. . .
30 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As soon as I saw the title of "The Garbage Strike," I knew this episode was going to be hilarious. The Sanitation Union has gone on strike for better wages, and when the union leader is found dead, the union members become even angrier and less willing to negotiate. As another reviewer wrote, this show gets off to a weak start: in an uncharacteristic turn (probably caused by his anxiety over the garbage in the streets), Monk tries to pass off the leader's murder as a suicide. He hopes that if the union members see the death as a suicide, they will reconcile with city leaders and start collecting the garbage again. However, at Natalie's insistence, Monk soon comes clean and begins investigating the murder. This is a typical Monk case with lots of details and twists. As the reeking bags of garbage pile up all over the city, Monk's already fragile mental state deteriorates even more, with hysterical results. Be sure to stay tuned for Alice Cooper's hilarious cameo!


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